shabih29, 04 Feb 2016I bought this just yesterday for my mother, and trust me, while I was there which was about fo... moreIf A5 can support new version of Android then so can the older flagship S4 do. Because hardware for both of them is same( or might be better in S4). However it's the will of Samsung that they may not give updates to S4. Otherwise why would a person will choose A5 over S4. It's completely a marketing strategy to force users to buy overpriced metal chunk.
Here with the Galaxy Alpha after 5 months still a great phone. Scores around 50k on antutu and 940:3200 on geekbench 3. Way better performance than the new A5. Records 4k also and has the heart rate sensor both of which aren't present on the A5 2016 .
I'm happy with my S5 and don't plan to ditch it. However, if I had to choose between the A5 or the S6, I would easily choose the A5. The features on the A5 may not be as sharp as the S6, but they are good enough. The SD Card slot and much better battery life more than make up for any other area it is behind the S6.
iirisa, 03 Feb 2016Seriously?? Selling this mid-range phone for such a high price! In my home country this model ... moreI bought this just yesterday for my mother, and trust me, while I was there which was about for 20minutes, 4 units of A5 got sold in addition to mine. Yes its expensive, but only a little. The advantages this has over a S4 or something little older, is that its life cycle is new and so will easily support android beyond 6.0 and 7.0. The updates touchwiz UI. We forget that there are 7 billin people in the world. All the phones unless total flops, will sell. We (people with good enough knowledge) will obviously compare them with other superior models with the same price, but we forget there are a lot of people out there who need a good phone that is smooth and doesnt cost a fortune. Like my mother, she doesnt know a lot about mobiles, but I would rather give her a new A5 than an outdated s4 that might cause problems in the nea future. These kind of phones give good options to poeple looking for a decent phone who wont do much if they bought a flagship. They dont care about heart rate sensors or software tricks. So we are lucky to have models newer models for every price range and every consumer mindset out there.
SaRPeR, 04 Feb 2016LG G4 is $150 more expensive than Galaxy A5 (2016).Depends where you come from. I was simply pointing out, that in MY home country the cheapest deals on G4/S5 are the same price as the new Galaxy A5. I understand that the prices do differ, especially if you buy from a traditional tech store (they don't drop prices like Internet stores do). Yet, the fact that a new mid-range device (for me) is available at the same price range as an older high-end model, will no doubt favor older flagship, when I decide to upgrade. Just my personal opinion.
SteveCook, 02 Feb 2016S4 has a better CPU and I think the camera is better on s4 even it does not had OISThere is no way the S4 is better in any way than the new A5.
My quwastion to the reviewer is...
Does this model have the new fast flash memory that Samsung 1st used in Galaxy S6 series or the same old built in memory that any other phone has?
Seriously?? Selling this mid-range phone for such a high price! In my home country this model costs the same as brand new, unlocked Galaxy S5 and LG G4. Good luck selling these, Samsung!
hulahula, 03 Feb 2016i bought this phone 2 days ago, when charging whether the phone is on or turned off, the phone... moreA battery is charging fast, simply means that more current is passing to the battery, and a battery will be hot while doing it, what's the surprising or shocking part here? That's quite normal, that's Physics. If you have a phone that has fast charging feature and you choose not to use it then that's extremely crazy mate.
-that's the reason I'm not fan of samsung... cause they make phone almost lookalike that's y people not know if you are in latest or old...
hulahula, 03 Feb 2016i bought this phone 2 days ago, when charging whether the phone is on or turned off, the phone... moreMy S6 gets also hot when fast charging, it is normal and a great feature of the phone. Don't try to disable it...
hulahula, 03 Feb 2016Sometimes i dont really understand why people complaining about price for this phone, isn't it... moreWow, A sign of times - Samsung copies Apple while making few important decisions whether they make sense or not. Now, Sammy fanboys copying Apple fanboys while defending their favorite company! it just does not work that way easily. In Android world, we have way too many choices, for Samsung or Sammy fanboys to be arrogant with alternate views.
If a device is overpriced, people have every right to call it out. You cannot say - just look at alternatives and don't bother to comment. They will do that anyway. It is their freedom to express their view.
Anonymous, 03 Feb 2016"...the battery itself is not removable"
J Series used to be removable,
this company starting to make everything non removable
title just show up "Standing tall" yea... right, price is standing tall LOL
NB, my mistake its A Series
hulahula, 03 Feb 2016i bought this phone 2 days ago, when charging whether the phone is on or turned off, the phone... moreThe only way to stop fst charging is, don't use ur fst charger use normal traditional charchar output volt less than 1amp